Michelle O’Brien & Damien Mullane

The wonderful Michelle O’Brien (Fiddle) returns to Hollywood for the second concert of Music Under The Mountains 2017, Michelle has previously performed on several occassions in the village, aswell as facilitating fiddle masterclasses with students of the Laura Greaves Music Bursary. Michelles recordings include an album with concertina player Aogan Lynch and guitarist Gavin Ralston and later an album with the band Providence. In 2013 she recorded a duet album with the harpist Laoise Kelly entitled “The Wishing Well”, which was hailed as a must have.

Michelle will be joined on the night by Damien Mullane (Accordion). In a short space of time Damien has a built up musical CV that any veteran musician would be proud of. Damien has won numerous All-Ireland titles on both accordion and melodeon and began his professional career as the accordionist in the legendary Frankie Gavin’s band De Dannan. In 2012 Damien released his debut album ‘13’, on which he collaboration with some of Ireland’s leading exponents such as Donogh Hennessy, Zoe Conway, John Joe Kelly, Trevor Hutchinson, Dessie Kelliher, Pauline Scanlon and Éamonn de Barra.

Also joining Michelle and Damien will be Toss The Fiddles, a local trio of musicians featuring Aoife Doyle, Orla Greaves & Rachel Conlon.

We hope you will join us for this spectacular night of music in St. Kevin’s Church of Ireland on Friday September 22nd. Tickets are available at musicunderthemountains.com.

Michelle and Damien will also be facilitating workshops in St Kevin’s Community Centre on Saturday September 23rd at 10.30 am. The cost of the workshops is €10, for further details just contact us!

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Music Under The Mountains 2011: 23rd to 25th September


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Started with the aim of promoting traditional music in Hollywood and the West Wicklow area in general, the Music Under the Mountains Festival has been held every year since 1991 so this will be its 20th. Anniversary. The Music Under the Mountains festival supports the Laura Greaves Bursary music school which provides lessons in various traditional musical instruments for children in Hollywood and surrounding villages.

The program for this year, yet to be finalised, will include:

Friday 23rd. September
Album launch by Jig away the Donkey Gerry O’Connor (Fiddle)
Martin Quinn (Accordion)
Gabriel McCardle (Concertina & Vocals)

Saturday 24th. September
Musical Workshops in community centre (to be announced)

St. Kevins Church 8.30 p.m.
Alyth & Triona
Alyth McCormack (Vocals)
Triona Marshall (Harp)

Sunday 25th. September Morning singing session hosted by Kevin Conneff

Evening concert with I Draw Slow

Also featured in this years line-up, final details on Festival program.

Na Faderlings
Cian O Sullivan (Flute)
Tony Burke (Bazouky & Vocals)

Plus
Michelle O Brien and friends

2010 line up for Music under the Mountains festival of traditional music

Friday 24th

9.00 pm Hollywood Inn

Alyth McCormack (vocal) & Triona Marshall (harp)

Saturday 25th

10.30 am Hollywood Inn

Workshops with Michelle O’Brien (fiddle), Peter Browne (accordion) & Gavin Whelan (whistle)

2.00 pm Hollywood Inn

Gavin Whelan Band

3.00 pm Tutty’s

Session led by Steve Larkin (fiddle), Kevin Rowsome (pipes) & Mick Kinsella (harmonica)

9.00 pm Hollywood Inn

Josephine Marsh (accordion) & Mick Kinsella (harmonica)

Sunday 26th

12.30 pm Tutty’s

Singing session hosted by Phil Callery

8.00 pm Tutty’s

Michelle O’Brien (fiddle), Peter Browne (accordion) & Eugene Quinn (guitar & banjo)


Michelle O’Brien, Peter Brown, and Paul Meehan

A full-house on Sunday night in Tutty’s for the closing gig featuring Michelle O’Brien (on fiddle), Peter Brown (on accordian & guitar), and Paul Meehan (on guitar & banjo) made taking pictures difficult and necessitated snatching shots from between bodies & over shoulders, but the pace & intensity of the tunes and the impact they had on the audience would have been impossible to capture anyway.



(No tune called Maid at the swimming pool was played during this performance, despite the influence of Florida on Peter’s mind)


Paul playing Liz Carrol’s The Island of Woods